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Report - Backbarrow Furnace, Cumbria July 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Keynsham, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Keynsham

    Keynsham 28DL Full Member
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    Last year I failed to get to the ore bunkers and resolved to come back when the vevetation died down. Well the brambles died down in the winter and came back bigger and sharper in the spring.
    The history
    This was the site of a charcoal blast furnace which lasted 250 years so I will try to be brief with the history:
    Built 1711
    Rebuilt 1770
    Bought by Harrison Ainslie 1824.
    Harrison Ainslie bankrupt in 1903 and 1918
    Reopened as the Charcoal Iron Co in 1918. Among other things they made Valley brand cold blast pig iron
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    and there was a fire in 1883:
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    This, I think, is the coke bunker
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    and this the ore bunker. The railway line was on the beams near the roof so hopper wagons could drop the ore straight into the building.
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    Another ore bunker
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    Ore crusher
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    This is the remains of workers houses.
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    The furnace stack
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    Porcelein insulators - and a teapot lid
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    The "Live-work units"
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    Fusebox
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    Detail
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    The roof has gone over the generator
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    Stack of sand moulds
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    1920s wiring
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    This is an electricar TU40.
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    The handbook is in the records office but it cannot be shown.
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    A previous report mentioned that Valley cold blast pig iron was made here. Here is a Valley cold blast pig:
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    Detail
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    Yellow van man missed that ingot.
    Three men admit burglary at Backbarrow Ironworks site (From The Westmorland Gazette)
    Thanks for looking.
     
    #1 Keynsham, Jul 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2014

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  2. dave

    dave 28DL Regular User
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    Rather enjoyed that loving those amp meters too.
     
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